Our pets can bring many great things into our lives: fun, loyalty, affection, companionship and much more. Unfortunately, one other thing they can bring in with them is the less pleasant companion of fleas.
No matter how well you care for your pet and how clean you keep it, a chance encounter with another infested animal can lead to your own animal becoming host to some very unwelcome visitors.
It’s best to stop the problem before it gets out of control. It is certainly better to treat your pet for a few fleas than treat the whole house for an infestation!
Most fleas can survive for an average of two to three months without ‘food’ which is actually the blood they suck from their ‘hosts’. A female flea consumes 15 times her own body weight in blood daily!
You should also know that while adult fleas suck blood from a cat, dog or other mammal, their larvae live and feed on organic debris in the host animal’s environment – that’s your home! Be aware that some fleas can jump 150 times their own length – that compares to a human jumping 1,000 feet.
So if you happen to see one flea, there may be more than 100 offspring or adults looming nearby in furniture, carpeting or on your pet.
The main thing that you want is to catch the problem early! This means brushing your dog or cat often and inspecting their coat. Fleas are tiny black, brown crawling creatures that can even look like dirt. Be careful to examine the fur under their ears, tail and arms/legs. Fleas like warm places. You can also see flea egg sacks and flea droppings in their fur if you look closely. If you still cannot see the fleas try combing your dog or cat on a bright surface, something like a piece of paper should work well.
Now let’s talk about how to prevent these gross little parasites from getting into your life and how to get rid of them if they do. As a pet owner, one of your main responsibilities is to keep your pet healthy. Taking them to the vet for their annual check ups is very important. While you’re there, be sure to talk to your veterinarian about a flea prevention method for your furry friends such as Advantage, Advantix or Frontline. Certain products can also help to prevent ticks in addition to fleas.
If your home becomes infested, you will probably need to purchase flea bombs – make sure read and adhere to the directions carefully and contact your vet to get further advice and relief for your pet and family.
Fleas can survive in almost anything in your home-furniture, rugs and bedding. Any flea treatments will be pointless if the flea’s eggs or fleas themselves remain in your living space.
Getting rid of fleas can become a nightmare for any pet owner. It is better to stop the problem early – check your pet everyday for fleas and regularly use a preventative product.
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How to Handle a Flea Infestation in Your Home
To understand the seriousness of the information following, we need to be aware of the kind of risks we put ourselves to, when fleas infest our homes, family pets and even vehicles.
Fleas and their legacy in our homes
For this reason, if you’re getting bitten by fleas at home, they most likely haven’t come from your cat or dog, but from the carpet, bedding and floor areas.
Can Fleas Survive Winter In Your Home? Yes!
If you have a dog or cat than chances are you have a flea problem. When it gets cold this problem may appear to disappear, but fleas maybe surviving in your home waiting for spring.
Dog Fleas? At Christmas? You’d Better Believe it!
“It might be cold outside,” says PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Sean Wensley, “but our warm houses provide the perfect breeding ground for fleas.
Effective Remedies For Dogs With Fleas
Another measure is by keeping your homes clean inside and out. However the sad part here is, parasites can still get to your pooch from another animal.
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